October 7, 2002 |
A growing number of doctors are now convinced that for many people, too much iron in the blood is a bigger health problem than too little. "For years we were getting, 'Rah, rah, the more iron the better.' Now that has changed around completely," said Richard Stevens, a cancer epidemiologist at University of Connecticut Health Center who has studied the potential health risks of elevated levels of iron.
April 20, 1993 |
Cigna Sues NME, Claims Fraud: Cigna Corp. said it has sued National Medical Enterprises Inc., alleging that the psychiatric hospital operator committed widespread insurance fraud against the Connecticut health insurer. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Dallas on March 24, seeks repayment of millions of dollars of patient treatment charges that it alleges were billed fraudulently. Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, based in New York, is also a plaintiff in the suit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1988 |
An experimental contraceptive vaccine has blocked fertility without fail in female and male guinea pigs, researchers report, raising prospects that a similar approach might work for women and men. The vaccine is designed to prevent fertilization, which may make it more widely acceptable than another vaccine already being tested in humans that stops development of the embryo, other scientists said.
August 4, 1994
After more than a century of girding the loins of American male athletes--and giving its name to those who wear it--the jock is slipping. Although the jock alone may be an endangered species, it's still issued by many college and pro teams. And protective cups, both hard and soft--with cup supporters that, with any luck, keep them in position--have never gone out of style in contact sports. But novel fabrics and designs have helped to create a new generation of athletic underwear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2012 |
A consultant who led the troubled effort to overhaul California's public psychiatric hospitals has played a lead role in federal reforms in at least five other states, where critics have raised similar concerns about cronyism and the quality of his work. Nirbhay Singh, a psychologist from Virginia, abruptly resigned from his California post last year after The Times asked state officials about rising violence in the hospitals and the state's hiring of Singh's family members. State mental health officials are now eliminating treatment approaches and elaborate paperwork that Singh imposed in a costly effort to satisfy a legal settlement between the state and the U.S. Department of Justice.
August 23, 1995 |
A new study of hundreds of men with prostate cancer supports the idea that those over age 65 with slow-growing tumors may live as long without treatment as with it. It is the first such study solely among American men, and its findings parallel previous U.S. and international data, researchers said in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer killer of men, after lung cancer.